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Bug Repellent Mason Jar Luminaries

Hi friends, thanks for stopping in. Today I’m showing you how to create beautiful Luminaries out of faux flowers and floating candles.  I’ll also be showing you how to take those luminaries and turn them into bug repellent luminaries, both are super simple and take about 10 minutes!  Summer equals mosquitos and boy do they love me!  If an inch of my skin is not covered, they will find me and dine away on my blood which equals days and days of itching, sadly they love our kids too.

Mason Jar bug luminaries to keep the bugs away

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Mason Jars
2 slices of lemon
1 small lime sliced
2 sprigs of Lavender
10 drops of eucalyptus essential oil
10 drops of peppermint essential oil
10 drops of tea tree essential oil
10 drops of citronella essential oil
Floating Disc Candles

lemongrass, cinnamon, citronella, and oregano are also known to keep mosquitos away

Adding oils, herbs and fruit into a mason jar with a floating candle to keep bugs away at night


Add the lemon, lime, and lavender into the mason jar and fill the jar up with water about 3/4 full.  Add the drops of essential oils, top off with more water if needed, and float the candle on top.

These with the addition of certain plants will help repel the nasty bugs so you can enjoy a much more relaxing outdoor space! Learn how to make Bug Repellent Mason Jar Luminaries using herbs from the garden and essential oils

If you’re looking for essential oils to keep bugs away, I have the perfect blog post for you here!

If you are looking for more of a decorative way to illuminate the outdoors try this fun mason jar luminary.


Mason Jar
Floating Disc Candles
Faux flowers


Simply add the faux flowers, top the mason jar off with water and add the floating candle.

Decorative luminary in a mason jars using faux flowers and a floating candle


I’m back this month with our 10 MINUTE DECORATING ideas, this month is all about SUMMER!  Check out all the fun below!
Thanks so much for stopping in today, you can see more of my 10 minute decorating ideas below.


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  1. I have attempted a few of you decorating ideas. I am so proud of my self now. I will continue to do so. You are so inspiring. Thank you for sharing.

  2. These are lovely, Kirstin, and the one with the rose at the bottom of the post is so pretty, too! Pinned, and excited to be able to feature you tomorrow at TTA! Thanks for sharing! BTW, my niece has the same issues with mosquitos that you do.. this summer, she started using lavender oil on her body, and it seems to have really helped! Even lavender lotion seems to keep them at bay!

    1. You are so sweet, thank you! They are even worse this year, I’ll have to try the lavender on my body, thanks for the tip!!! xo

    1. Hi Judi, absolutely, lavender’s fragrance is what keeps the mosquitoes away. So you could use essential oil as well. Let me know how it turns out 🙂

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